Israeli League to resume in June

2020-05-08T14:57:21+00:00 2020-05-08T17:46:14+00:00.

Antonis Stroggylakis

08/May/20 14:57

The Winner League has set a schedule for its resumption and completion.

By Antonis Stroggylakis/

The Israeli basketball championship will begin again on June 20, the board of directors of the Winner League decided. Winner League announced the detailed program and the stages that will lead to the gradual resumption of the season and its completion with the traditional Final Four format.

Winner League will complete an “organizational period” on May 17 and then all players will enter a two-week quarantine period the same day. Once the quarantine is over on May 31, practices will begin and the matches are expected to start on June 20 with Round 22 of the championship.

The best-of-three quarterfinal series will then be played and the Final Four is scheduled for the last week of July. This may create a conflicting schedule with EuroLeague that has marked 4 to 26 of July as the period when the organization wants to hold the potential final phase of 2019-2020.

All remaining Winner League action will be held in the home arenas of the clubs and without any fan attendance. Each team will play two games a week.

When the 2019-2020 season in Israel was suspended on March 13, reigning champion Maccabi Tel Aviv was leading the standings at a 19 – 2 record. Hapoel Jerusalem was second at 17 – 4.

Winner League also mentioned that the competition resumes with the “expectation and assumption” that the sponsor of the championship (The Toto-Winner organization) will compensate the teams for the economic losses they sustained due to the hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
 The League’s chairman Shmuel Frankel held a press conference following the decision and as he said: “We knew that as long as the soccer league could still return so could we and now we are working together with them as we approach the finance ministry. We have signed a letter that will go out to the Miri Regev, the Minister of Culture and Sports which will then be passed along to the Prime Minister. We are attempting to receive compensation from the finance ministry and without that, it will be difficult to continue. We have promised to send each team 550,000 NIS (145.000 euros) and on Sunday they will receive an advance of 200,000 NIS form the funds that are received from the Toto lottery, the television rights, and sponsors. However, without fans next season we will not be able to open the league. We will need a 100% approval for this and compensation for losses”.